Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

“The reckless behaviour of this government in ignoring a vital and legally required safety step known as the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) has endangered public health,” said Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group (ORG).

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Here are some key highlights about LGPD: General principles: The main principles that all private and public entities must take into account when processing personal data are purpose, adequacy, free access, data quality, security, prevention of damage, accountability, transparency, need limitation, and non-discrimination.

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today called for "an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights" in its "Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.".

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19.Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online.

Internet governance body RIPE opposes Chinese proposal to change core internet protocols

Internet governance body RIPE opposes Chinese proposal to change core internet protocols

'New IP' proposal is said to theoretically offers more proficient and well-organised network management and addressing capabilities than the current TCP/IP standard, but it also seems to have features that could allow authoritarian regimes, such as China, to censor their residents.

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

As of Thursday the South African government can trace the movements of any South African cellphone user back as far as 5 March, in order to fight Covid-19.That movement data will go into a special database to identify anyone who may have had physical contact with a person known to be carrying the SARS-Cov-2 virus, for possible testing and quarantine.

More than half of Americans want money, control in exchange for genetic data

More than half of Americans want money, control in exchange for genetic data

— As people become more aware of privacy concerns and the ways in which genomic database companies are profiting from their data, their expectations for compensation and control may increase, according to researchers at Penn State and Cornell University.

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: “This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public.

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

In the UK, where the government is accelerating the development of robots in the benefits system, the chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, Stephen Timms, said: “This ruling by the Dutch courts demonstrates that parliaments ought to look very closely at the ways in which governments use technology in the social security system, to protect the rights of their citizens.”.

Data privacy benefits outweigh spend, says Cisco

Data privacy benefits outweigh spend, says Cisco

“With this study, we now have empirical evidence of privacy investments paying off for companies – particularly with improved customer relationships, revenue impact and real bottom-line results,” said Cisco vice-president and chief privacy officer Harvey Jang.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I was alarmed when I learned in 2017 that the company had begun moving forward with the development of a new version of a censored Search product for China, codenamed “Dragonfly.” But Dragonfly was only one of several developments that concerned those of us who still believed in the mantra of “Don’t be evil.” I was also concerned that Cloud executives were actively pursuing deals with the Saudi government, given its horrible record of human rights abuses.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

NHS Digital said in an “opportunity overview” document, seen by The Register , that it has the “foundations” to create an England-wide “single, national, standardised, event-based longitudinal record for 65 million citizens within two years,” that as well as being vital for “effective, efficient and safe patient care,” will service the “delivery data and insights to medical research organisations in the NHS, academia and Life Services.”.

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

BENGALURU: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday, which allows the Centre to exempt its agencies from some or all provisions, is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

Digital Privacy 101 – Best Practices for Enterprises

Digital Privacy 101 – Best Practices for Enterprises

With a digital privacy response plan, you can tell your customers what to do, discuss their roles, and show them how to communicate internally and externally in the event of a data breach.

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Rai, whose company has developed facial recognition for eight local police forces, said India doesn’t have the same quality cameras as China — making it harder to meet the goal of being able to identify any person with an integrated system.

ISPA announces finalists for 2019 Internet Heroes and Villains: Trump and Mozilla lead the way as Villain nominees

ISPA announces finalists for 2019 Internet Heroes and Villains: Trump and Mozilla lead the way as Villain nominees

While, the Villain nominees take in the impact of new technical standards on existing online protections, the balance between freedom of expression and copyright online and the global telecoms supply chain.

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Prof Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, said in his annual report that police deployment of the technology, which can be used to scan crowds or CCTV recordings for people of interest, was chaotic and had run ahead of laws that could prevent its misuse.

Facebook removed from S&P list of ethical companies after data scandals

Facebook removed from S&P list of ethical companies after data scandals

Standard & Poor's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Index said that it had booted Facebook after the company scored poorly for social responsibility and governance, achieving 22 and 6, respectively, out of 100.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei last August described this incident (with some alterations of dates and key details) as a case study for the Safe City project that the firm is implementing in Serbia.

Facebook Stock Was Booted Out of the S&P 500 ESG Index. Here’s Why.

Facebook Stock Was Booted Out of the S&P 500 ESG Index. Here’s Why.

In a blog post, S&P Dow Jones Indices cited the misuse of customer data by Cambridge Analytica and others, and the hacking of 50 million user accounts as among the reasons Facebook was found wanting in social and governance by its collaborator, RobecoSAM.

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people's faces Shareholders seeking to halt Amazon's sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces have been defeated in two votes that sought to pressure the company into a rethink.

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

“Biometric photos of members of the public wrongly identified as potential criminals are taken without their knowledge and stored on police databases for 30 days,” said Big Brother Watch in a statement. Police are also continuing to build giant databases full of biometrically scanned images of innocent people’s faces, Jones revealed, saying:.

Amazon as a Vector

Amazon as a Vector

While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility[9], a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.

Sidewalk Labs’s ambitious smart city plans now face a legal battle

Sidewalk Labs’s ambitious smart city plans now face a legal battle

A civil liberties group in Canada is suing three tiers of government over potential privacy issues posed by Sidewalk Labs’s plan to develop a 12-acre smart city in Toronto , which will be approved or denied later this summer.

CoinFi News - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Faces Shareholders’ Backlash, Asked to Step Down

CoinFi News - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Faces Shareholders’ Backlash, Asked to Step Down

Trillium Asset Management says:“We believe this lack of independent board Chair and oversight has contributed to Facebook missing, or mishandling, a number of severe controversies, increasing risk exposure and costs to shareholders”.The shareholders also explain how Zuckerberg controls 60% of Facebook’s voting shares thereby weakening the company’s governance.

Are You Afraid of Google? BlackBerry Cofounder Jim Balsillie Says You Should Be

Are You Afraid of Google? BlackBerry Cofounder Jim Balsillie Says You Should Be

It’s likely to be a multiyear process, but Balsillie expects it will yield sweeping legislation similar to the EU’s recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation, which gives Europeans unprecedented control over how their personal information is collected and used, including the power to force companies to delete it.

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records.

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed READ MORE The overall tone was that the design of live facial recognition trials needed to be more rigorous, and the tech should be used with a large dollop of caution, plenty of independent oversight and only if it actually works.